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Alleged party crasher accused of setting fire to host's car is refused bail

A TEENAGER accused of setting fire to a car after he was told he was unwelcome at a house party has been refused bail and remanded in custody for one week.

Paul Hanbury (18) arrived at the party allegedly looking for cigarettes, and when he was refused entry, he returned in the early hours of the morning, set fire to the host's car and pulled a TV off the wall.

He was later charged with burglary, after it was claimed that garda technical experts found Hanbury's fingerprints in the house, but he failed to appear in court for service of the book of evidence.

Defence solicitor Michael Hennessy said Hanbury got his dates mixed up and both he and his mother genuinely thought the case was up on a different day.

The accused was brought before Tallaght District Court on Wednesday last on foot of a bench warrant after it was claimed that he failed to appear in court on January 29 last.

Garda Shane Hogan said he met Hanbury by appointment at Tallaght courthouse to execute the bench warrant.

The garda said Hanbury's response after charge was, "my solicitor didn't tell me of the date".

Garda Hogan objected to bail, claiming Hanbury did not turn up for the service of the book of evidence.

Hanbury, of Cloonmore Park, Tallaght, is charged with burglary at Suncroft Drive, Tallaght, on August 31 last year.

The court previously heard the DPP has directed summary disposal of the matter on a guilty plea only.

Sergeant Bernard Jones had alleged the victim was holding a party in her house and Hanbury tried to gatecrash the party.

However, he was told he was unwelcome and was asked to leave. He did not leave on good terms, alleged Sgt Jones.

The sergeant claimed the victim went to bed, and at some stage during the night her car, a 1999-registered Peugeot, was set on fire.

The car, valued at €1,000, was parked in the driveway. Sgt Jones said Hanbury was also alleged to have entered the house and pulled a TV off the wall.

The gardai lifted fingerprints from the house and later arrested Hanbury.

Judge James McDonnell previously accepted jurisdiction but Hanbury pleaded not guilty to the charge.

The judge refused bail and remanded him in custody to appear before Cloverhill District Court on February 17.